Is Someone Keeping YOU Up at Night Due to Snoring?
Snoring on it's own is not harmful but if it a symptom of OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea it could be deadly.
Snoring is caused by air trying to get through a narrowed air passage in your throat while sleeping.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or times of abnormally low breathing, while at sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 40 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. These low or cessations in breathing cause your oxygen level in your blood to lower to a dangerous level. You are starving your heart, brain and other tissues of oxygen.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study". There are treatments ranging from dental appliances to wearing a CPAP mask while sleeping to treat the condition successfully. We can refer you to a sleep center.